Primate Behaviour and Cognition: Lockdown isolation making you feel more stressed? Listen to a chimpanzee’s advice

In third year module Primate Behaviour & Cognition, students study primate behaviour as a window into the function of behaviour and our own evolutionary history. This week we are featuring a blog post by Niamh McIntosh. Niamh’s bio: I am a third-year student from Kent. I have very much enjoyed studying anthropology at Roehampton University Read More…

Spotlight on… Todd C. Rae

Position: Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in California, Todd completed his PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) in 1993.  Following his PhD, he held a position as a Kalbfleish Research Fellow in Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History Read More…

The anthropology of hairlessness

In our first year Key Skills in Anthropology module, students are introduced to the fundamental academic skills necessary to succeed in university and post-university employment. As part of the course, students are asked to write an essay on the topic of hair from a social and biological anthropological perspective. This week we are featuring an Read More…

CRESIDA webinar by Professor Holly Dunsworth on tall men, broad women, difficult childbirth, helpless babies and oppressive scientific and pop culture myths

On 16 December 2020, Professor Holly Dunsworth from the University of Rhode Island presented a webinar in the CRESIDA seminar series titled ‘Tall men, broad women, difficult childbirth, and helpless babies have stronger evolutionary explanations than the oppressive myths to which science and pop culture cling’.  

CRESIDA webinar by Professor Stuart Semple on the biological principles underpinning biological information systems

On 4 November 2020, CRESIDA’s Professor Stuart Semple presented a webinar in our CRESIDA seminar series titled ‘Geladas, genes and the clouds of Venus – compression as a fundamental principle of biological information systems’. Abstract A fundamental goal of the life sciences is to identify universal biological principles – the basic rules of organisation that Read More…

The anthropology of hair: Body hair removal

In our first year Key Skills in Anthropology module, students are introduced to the fundamental academic skills necessary to succeed in university and post-university employment. As part of the course, students are asked to write an essay on the topic of hair from a social and biological anthropological perspective. This week we are featuring an essay by Read More…

Primates, penguins and the evolution of language

Analyses of human language and the behaviour of a range of non‐human animal species have provided evidence for a common pattern underlying diverse behavioural phenomena. This is a longstanding research interest of CRESIDA’s Stuart Semple, who has extensively studied this phenomenon in primates – including a recent study demonstrating that compression underpins chimpanzee gestural communication. Drawing Read More…

Relational complexity in sooty mangabeys and Western chimpanzees

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, the speaker is Alex Mielke (University of Portsmouth), who is sharing his research on relational complexity in sooty mangabeys and western chimpanzees. Come and join us on Thursday, October 17th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract The concept of social complexity is fundamental in understanding Read More…

Humans and Other Primates: Cultural complexity in mountain gorillas and Bornean orangutans

In our second year Humans and Other Primates  module, students are provided with a foundation in evolutionary anthropology through an understanding of primate biology and evolution. This week, we are featuring our second essay on this topic, by Hovnan Gulbenkian Eayrs. Hovnan’s bio: I’m a second year student from Oxford. I discovered my interest in anthropology after Read More…